Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you. Preparing to descend into Lent, its sorrows and surrenders, the death that opens to new life, we stand at the threshold on this day named for shriving, which means hearing confession, and also imposing penance, and also granting absolution. All in one.
Even before Lent begins we are shriven, having confessed and been offered a new way and been forgiven, before we even begin.
Eat those pancakes, then, and parade with joy, and tomorrow wear those ashes as lovely adornment. Walk gladly into the desert. Embrace your cross with gratitude. You are already risen.
+ Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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